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The Murder of Rosa Luxemburg by Klaus Gietinger

The Murder of Rosa Luxemburg

Klaus Gietinger

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Imprint: Verso Books
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 8 Jan 2019
ISBN: 9781788734462

On the tracks of the killers of Rosa Luxemburg The cold-blooded murder of revolutionary icons Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht in the pitched political battles of post-WWI Germany marks one of the greatest tragedies of the 20th century.

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2 stars out of 5
Lara Feigel
9 Jan 2019

"Gietinger is good at bringing out the absurdity of the farce that followed the murder"

Gietinger is less adept at exploring the significance of the murders, which he seems to think we can take as read. Although there’s a new preface, Verso haven’t thought through how to make the book relevant to British readers or to 2019, sidestepping the important question of what her death might mean to us now. Gietinger tells us that these killings were “one of the great tragedies of the twentieth century”. But why? What could Luxemburg and Liebknecht have achieved had they been allowed to live?...Gietinger writes that when the SPD sank Luxemburg’s body in the Landwehr Canal, they were “sinking the Weimar Republic along with it”. He doesn’t explain why this is the case, but this is one of several moments of mourning in this book – welcome intrusions in the forensic scrupulousness.